U.K. and U.S. Trading of British Cross-Listed Stocks: An Intraday Analysis of Market Integration
Ingrid M. Werner
The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business
Allan W. Kleidon
REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES, Vol. 9 No. 2
This paper analyzes intraday patterns for U.K. and U.S. trading of British cross-listed stocks. For each market, the intraday patterns for these stocks closely resemble those of otherwise similar, non-cross-listed stocks. There is a two-hour period each day when cross-listed stocks are traded both in New York and in London. This overlap is characterized by concentrated trading as private information, originating in New York, gets incorporated into prices in both markets. Cross-border competition for orderflow tends to reduce already declining spreads in London. By contrast, New York specialists maintain high spreads during the overlap. Overall, the evidence indicates that orderflow for cross-listed securities is segmented.
JEL Classification: G15
Date posted: April 29, 1998